>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber

Print

Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber

Les Cohen
Les Cohen
After 20 years as president and CEO of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Les Cohen this week announced he will retire on June 28.

“It’s been a fantastic 20 years, but it’s time to move on, and it’s time for the chamber to move ahead with new leadership,” Cohen said Friday.

Cohen, who began working at the chamber in 1992, is staying in the area and will continue to participate in the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, the American Music Festival and other community-based organizations.

Cohen said he chose to retire on June 28 as it is the end of the chamber’s current cycle of fundraising and event coordination, allowing for a smoother transition for his successor.

The chamber has a succession plan in place, according to chamber board chairman Jack Cook.

The plan calls for the chamber to post the position with chamber associations such as the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce and the Western Association of Chamber Executives, in order to ensure that potential candidates have the “knowledge, experience and awareness of chamber management procedures and guidelines.”

The chamber, Cook said, is looking for someone who has the “ability to maintain the level of professionalism that the chamber is known for throughout the region and state.”

Cohen, who used to be a health care administrator before joining the chamber, said he “embraced the field of chamber management and I’ve had the good fortune to have been able to see this organization grow and be acknowledged as a leader in the field, both regionally and statewide.”

He added, “I have been honored to serve with extremely talented board of directors, local business people and visitor information center volunteers over the years.”

Print

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Lackluster factory data hits world stocks, dollar up
    Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lackluster economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong. The dollar held close to a four-year high against a currency basket, helped by the weak factory activity data, and pushed commodity prices lower. "Since the Fed meeting on Sept. 17, we've seen a 'risk-off' trade, with the fixed income market playing its role of 'safe-haven' while equities and commodities have been slipping in negative territory," Ycap Asset Management's head of quantitative strategies in Paris, Gregory Raccah, said. "The political unrest in Hong Kong is dragging down market sentiment, while Japanese (mixed Tankan survey) and Chinese (unchanged manufacturing PMI) data were unconvincing," Rabobank analysts said in a note.
  • Asian factories slow in September, push inflation ever lower
    Factory activity stumbled across much of Asia in September, with slowdowns in India, Japan and Taiwan and an outright decline in South Korea delivering a setback to hopes for a pick in world growth this year.
  • Adidas seeks to placate investors with share buyback
    German sportswear maker Adidas, facing investor discontent over its underperforming share price, announced on Wednesday plans to return to shareholders as much as 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) over the next three years. Adidas said in a statement the shareholder return program would be financed mainly from the group's free cash flow, adding share buybacks would start in the fourth quarter and be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. It said the buybacks were in addition to the company's policy of paying out to shareholders 20-40 percent of its net income as a dividend. Adidas also said it would issue two Eurobonds with a total volume of up to 1 billion euros - with a seven and 12 year term - saying it would use the proceeds to pay down debt and to prefund future debt maturities, pension payments and returns to shareholders.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use